Bankruptcy Blog is very accessible to a wide audience, in that the blog encompasses complex portions of the bankruptcy process and still takes precautions to explain the most fundamental of bankruptcy concepts as they come up in a given article. For example, one entry briefly addresses what happens to the filer’s debts in a Chapter 7 bankruptcy. Of course, for an attorney practicing in the field of bankruptcy, this explanation would be overly simplistic and without purpose. For this reason, I think the blog tries to appeal to the general public with discussions and legal explanations that it can read and understand. But, the blog also provides a well laid out report of current changes in bankruptcy law and interesting rulings in bankruptcy court that a bankruptcy attorney would find helpful.
The blog is updated daily on the weekdays, where a new article is submitted for subscribers and website visitors to view. Occasionally, more than one blog entry is made on a given day. Each blog title is catchy and sometimes contains a pop culture reference to draw the attention of the reader. When a contributor to the blog analyzes a particular court decision or code section, she cites the cases discussed and hyperlinks to those cases and the relevant portions of the Bankruptcy Code. Contributors to the blog post their biographies (i.e. education, bar admission, lists of publications) and contact information. There is also a method for subscribers and visitors to leave general questions or comments on the blog.
Navigating Bankruptcy Blog is easy. Its posts can be browsed by category, author or date. For instance, to narrow your selection to only those articles about credit bidding, you would select the topic from the “Category” drop down list which is located at the bottom right of the home page. Blog entries can also be browsed from the archives which date back to September 2010. At the top of the page, there is a shortcut for subscribing to the blog and a feature that showcases a new bankruptcy term. Overall, the appearance of the blog is clean and concise; there are no pesky ads that pop up or clutter the sides of the pages, and the presentation of the posts is in classic black and white.
Having taken Bankruptcy Law in law school, I was interested in a few articles, particularly one entitled “You’re Insolvent, but Not That Insolvent” which discusses some potential changes to one of my favorite topics, fraudulent transfers. The article analyzes In re HDD Rotary Sales, Inc., a decision of the Bankruptcy Court for the Southern District of Texas that expanded upon the issue of fraudulent transfers vs. obligations, a distinction that I knew little to nothing about before reading the blog. Similarly, the article “Call Me (a Good), Maybe” was also very interesting because it helped to tackle the issue of electricity consumption being a good under the bankruptcy code. I had little prior knowledge about this issue, and the analysis of the court, as presented by the blog, was an entertaining read.
I have enjoyed following the Bankruptcy Blog for these past few weeks. I think it is an excellent resource for anyone interested in the subject, and I would recommend the blog to lay people as well as practicing attorneys and law students.
~ Cheri Todd, L’ 14 ~
Class Advisor – Cory M. Lenz, Esq.